I don't know if I would cook on a wooden table...even with the pan underneath it. But other than that... go for it. I have been cooking with DO's for over 40 years. I thought I was good, then my son came along... He does things like deep dish lasagna, red velvet cake, brunswick stew, and whole roast chickens. Put his old man to shame!
We currently own 5 or 6 DO's. There is a huge thread on here somewhere about Dutch Oven cooking.